Professional Development Resources

*NEW* FERPA Training PowerPoint

Want to learn more about FERPA here at Berea College? If so, please click here and log-in to review a PowerPoint created by the Office of the Registrar for all Berea College employees. Aslo be sure to check-out the FERPA webpage on the Office of the Registrar’s website:

Professional Development Request Form

Do you want to request professional development funds from your Vice President for a conference, training, certification, etc.? If so, simply fill out the form at this link:

The College’s Administrative Leadership Council (made up of the Administrative Committee, Associate Vice Presidents, and Directors) and Staff Forum leadership indicate that the top five requests for professional development from staff members are:

  1. Funds to attend or present at conferences and workshops;
  2. Increased frequency and levels of technology training;
  3. Certification training;
  4. Job-specific skills training; and
  5. Leadership skills development, including tools for running an effective meeting.

Priority allocation for staff development funds is given to 1) strategic professional development of staff to ensure that employees with promotional potential receive training to prepare them for the next step in their career progression at the College; 2) staff with credentials that require continuing education; and 3) staff presenting at a conference; and 4.) Technical skills training for new job related technology.

Instructions for Professional Development Proposals

Proposals should describe the activity, provide a budget, and indicate the amount of funding requested. Obtaining the support of your immediate supervisor is a required part of the application process. Awards are made on a first-come, first-served, basis and are subject to the availability of funds.

Travel Policy

Please note that all who receive funds involving travel must adhere to the Berea College Travel Policy.

Report on Completion

Staff who receive Staff Development Funding are to submit a report via email within 30 days of the completion of the project via email to a designated staff member within the Division. Those staff members are as follows:

  • Alumni & College Relations: JoJo Wray
  • Financial Affairs: Scotty Abney
  • Information Systems & Services: Yvonne Williams
  • Labor and Student Life: Carla Roberts
  • Operations & Sustainability: Malissa Blair
  • President’s Office: Judy Mott
  • Strategic Initiatives: Ethan Hamblin

Please note that your direct supervisor’s electronic signature is required on this form. Staff members in the academic division are not required to complete a report after their project has been completed.

If you experience any technical difficulty with this form, please contact Sam Cole via email at or via phone by calling ext. 3210.

If you are not sure about which Division you are in as a staff member, please consult this handy guide.

Professional Development Initiative Documentation

Vision Paper (PDF) (includes definition of professional development)

Staff Forum Presentation to A.C. in December 2015 (PDF)

Staff Professional Development and Climate Survey Instrument (PDF) (administered in 2015)

On and Off-Campus Professional Development Opportunities

Green Dot Trainings

If you would like to learn more about Green Dot visit Please encourage students to attend, and if you have not yet taken Green Dot Training yourself please consider attending the training on October 9th!

Student Trainings:

Saturday, September 29, 2018 12:00-5:00, Woods Penn Commons

Saturday, November 10, 2018 12:00-5:00, Appalachian Center Gallery

Staff/Faculty Training

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 1:30-3:30, Baird Lounge

Contact Heather Dent ( if you have any questions.

Labor Supervisor Orientation Sessions

The Labor Program is offering several of their annual Labor Supervisor orientations, which are designed to equip labor supervisors with the essential tools to be effective. If you are a new supervisor or in need of a refresher course, please consider attending!

  • August 7th
  • August 10th
  • August 13th
  • August 20th
  • August 24th

All sessions occur from 9 AM-2 PM in Emery. Lunch is provided. Register here:

Weight Watchers

Every Thursday from 9:30-10:30 AM in Science, 101 (please arrive by 9:20 AM).

Employees and spouse/partners/adult dependents on a college medical plan only pay $3.00 per week (paid up front).  The current session ends July 26, but you can join any time. For more information, please email Jill Gurtatowski.

Participation in the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). More information can be found here. To take the IDI as an individual, area, or office, please contact Dr. Alicestyne Turley ( (log-in through MyBerea portal)

Labor Program How-To Training Videos

Information about the Staff Development Fund

Information about Tuition Reimbursement

Berea College Staff Development Workshops
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BC Staff Development

For more information, contact Mark Nigro at extension 3436.

The Civil Rights Seminar & Tour

Loyal Jones Appalachian Center Events

The Appalachian Seminar & Tour

Participation in Dean’s Reading Groups 

For more information email Sarah Broomfield at:

Participation in Community Reading Groups

Our most recent Mellon Grant focuses on the theme “belonging.” In her work, Belonging: A Culture of Place, bell hooks, Distinguished Professor in Residence in Appalachian Studies at Berea College, writes, “I believe that we can restore our hope in a world that transcends race by building communities where self-esteem comes not from feeling superior to any group but from one’s relationship to the land, to the people, and to the place.” To belong, she argues, “is to feel connected, balanced, self-restrained, generous, mutual, inclusive, and egalitarian.”

We will begin our fall semester in conversation with Dr. hooks (more details to follow) focusing on theme of belonging. For those interested in the book and conversation, please come by The Academic Vice President’s Office (Lincoln Hall, room 320) to sign for a copy of the book. If you have questions, concerns, or comments, please contact Sarah Broomfield via email or by calling 859-985-3487.

Lunch & Learn Workshops (Contact Jill Gurtatowski for more information).